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Natural knee movement promised by innovative wearable exoskeleton

27th October 2016

An international team has developed an innovative new wearable exoskeleton system that promises to provide users with a more naturalistic range of knee movement.

Created by researchers from Beihang University in China and Aalborg University in Denmark, the technology is among the first to focus in detail on the knee joint, which is one of the most mechanically complex parts of the human body.

To enhance the bio-imitability and adaptability of the exoskeleton, the knee joint's motion has been actuated by several skeletal muscles along its articular surfaces, as well as featuring a parallel mechanism similar to that seen in a natural knee joint.

Weihai Chen, a professor at Beihang University's school of automation science and electrical engineering, said: "Unlike most previous exoskeletons, which simplified the knee joint as a pin joint, ours provides two degrees of freedom to make the exoskeleton's movement consistent with a patient's natural movement."

This device could potentially be used to help stroke victims and paralysed patients strengthen their muscles and regain the ability to walk over time. The team will now work on improving its appearance and user interface ahead of more in-depth clinical trials of the system.

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